Ljubljana, one of many greenest European capitals, the town of tradition, artwork and sustainability, has simply began a brand new LUV Fest. By quite a few occasions, Ljubljana is celebrating love, artwork and wandering. I spent a few days on the LUV Fest and have fallen in love with the town over again.
Ljubljana LUV Fest
Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, is without doubt one of the main European sustainable cities. You’ll be able to really feel that on each nook in Ljubljana, from the grass planted on prime of its bus stops to the city beekeeping.
The town of Ljubljana is approaching the identical method its tourism. So, they crafted a brand new occasion to get up the city and supply many issues to do throughout the bit gray and monotonous months of February and March.
LUV Fest begins symbolically on Prešern Day (February eighth). France Prešern was one of the crucial well-known Slovenian poets whose statue is positioned on Prešernov Sq. subsequent to the Ljubljanica River. Though at present well-known for his love poems, he was essential for establishing the usual Slovene language. The pageant closes on St. Gregory’s Day on March twelfth, a Slovenian lovers’ day. By the Slovene legend, it’s a day when birds are nesting. Earlier than 1582, it was additionally marking the primary day of spring. In between these days are St. Valentine’s Day and the Carnival. So, quite a bit is going on throughout that month in Ljubljana.
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What to do throughout the LUV Fest
LUV Fest is designed for each locals and vacationers, younger and previous. The thought is to wander, get pleasure from artwork and tradition, and fall in love. Nevertheless, falling in love is known right here in a broader sense – falling in love with somebody but additionally with one thing, like nice meals, stunning structure or implausible music.
LUV fest encourages you to journey mindfully and discover the town at a slower tempo. To wander subsequent to Ljubljanica River and peak on the smaller streets. To search for hidden particulars on its buildings, to strive some nice native meals and to slowly sip your espresso whereas watching the world goes by.
The Metropolis of Ljubljana and their companions ready many thrilling occasions to make you get pleasure from that charming metropolis much more. Listed below are simply a few of them.
LUV Fest metropolis tour
I began exploring this pageant in Ljubljana with a particular LUV Fest metropolis tour. It lasted for 2 hours, throughout which I walked across the metropolis centre with my information. He informed me tales in regards to the poet France Prešern and his unreturned love in the direction of a lady referred to as Julia. Tales in regards to the well-known architect Jože Plečnik and his ardour in the direction of structure. And so many tales about life in Ljubljana, thrilling locations, and previous and present residents.
Whereas strolling subsequent to the Ljubljanica River, I might really feel why it’s such a well-liked romantic exercise. It was so fascinating to listen to in regards to the love disputes and forbidden affairs of Ljubljana’s residents up to now.
Considered one of my favorite tales was about the home on tackle Stari trg 11a (which means, ‘Outdated Sq.’ in Slovene). It stands between the homes on numbers 11 and 15. At first, I assumed it was due to the superstition in regards to the jinxed numbered 13. However that wasn’t the case. Again within the day, there was a brothel at Gornji trg 13 (which means, ‘Higher Sq.’ in Slovene). Typically, its guests would, by mistake, come to Stari trg 13. Its residents had been disturbed by that, in order that they determined to vary their home quantity from 13 to 11a.
Throughout our tour, we visited a captivating pastry store referred to as Lolita. That is the place we took a brief break and tried a particular cake they made for the LUV fest. I liked how the entire metropolis participated on this love story – from the decorations on the streets, short-term public artwork, and particular meals in eating places to some distinctive performances.
Even throughout the tour, I might really feel the love in the direction of his metropolis in my information’s tales. It was such an effective way to get to know the town by way of the love tales of its residents.
⤷ TIP: Throughout the quick break on the Lolita cafe, I bought a particular empty letter to ship to somebody expensive to me. You are able to do that on the spot, and they’re going to ship the letter to that individual.
LUV Fest public artwork
Some distinctive artwork installations are displayed across the metropolis centre throughout the LUV Fest. Probably the most fascinating are mild installations within the type of totally different animals at Congress Sq.. Try what they seem like throughout the evening at my Instagram spotlight on this hyperlink. Those I additionally appreciated quite a bit had been the birdhouses at Wolfova Road.
Particular LUV Fest museums excursions
Some museums in Ljubljana have ready particular excursions throughout the LUV Fest. Fužine Citadel is a good looking Renaissance constructing situated a bit of bit outdoors the town centre. They are going to organise a particular tour in regards to the love tales linked to that historic citadel. The Nationwide Gallery may also put together a love-themed tour throughout the LUV Fest. The Metropolis Museum of Ljubljana is organising a tour about love in Ljubljana, as nicely.
The River with Seven Names efficiency
Considered one of my favorite actions throughout the LUV Fest was attending the River with Seven Names efficiency. Organised on the embankment of the Ljubljanica River, which was each its setting and the primary character. It tells the story of the legends of the Ljubljanica River – from the implausible creatures dwelling in it to the town of Ljubljana itself. The efficiency consists of storytelling (the narrator), music and reside drawing you may watch on the river financial institution. It’s a implausible strategy to get pleasure from modern city artwork.
⤷ TIP: Many extra occasions, theatre exhibits, and performances are organised throughout the LUV Fest in Ljubljana. Test all of them on this hyperlink.
The place to remain in Ljubljana throughout the LUV Fest?
I stayed at B&B Resort Park Ljubljana throughout my go to to the LUV Fest. It’s centrally situated between the practice station and the Ljubljana Outdated City. It’s one in every of two official inexperienced accommodations in Ljubljana. They’ve particular sustainable guidelines, largely about saving water and electrical energy. Considered one of my favorite issues about this lodge is that they’ve beehives on their roof with 4 bee households dwelling in them. They’re even producing honey which you’ll be able to strive on the lodge.
The place to eat in Ljubljana throughout the LUV Fest?
Every time I come to Ljubljana, its meals scene is greater and higher. This time I had lunch at BREG Restaurant. Owned by a Michelin star-awarded chef, they’re making ready some scrumptious, well-thought meals for cheap costs. It’s situated within the metropolis centre subsequent to the Ljubljanica River, making an ideal lunch cease in Ljubljana.
When you’re in search of one thing candy afterwards, I like to recommend a pastry store referred to as Lolita for some scrumptious truffles and cookies.
Though I had visited Ljubljana a number of instances already, this time, I completely fell in love with it. May or not it’s due to the LUV Fest? It undoubtedly made me seek for inspiring tales, speak extra with its locals, and benefit from the metropolis with all my senses. When you’re in search of that last-minute journey to e-book, go to Ljubljana and discover it by way of its LUV Fest.
I visited Ljubljana and its LUV Fest throughout the press journey organised by Ljubljana Tourism. Many due to them and their companions for organising such an exquisite journey for me. Nevertheless, as at all times, all opinions are my very own.
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